Ships hit by U-boats

Nailsea Manor

British Steam merchant

NameNailsea Manor
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,926 tons
Completed1937 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerE.R. Management Co Ltd, Cardiff 
Date of attack10 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)
Position18° 45'N, 21° 18'W - Grid ES 3223
Complement42 (0 dead and 42 survivors).
ConvoyOS-7 (straggler)
RouteNewport, Mon. - Belfast Lough - Freetown - Suez 
Cargo6000 tons of military stores, including 1000 tons of ammunition, mail and a LCT as deck cargo 
Notes on event

At 05.43 hours on 10 Oct 1941 the Nailsea Manor (Master John Herbert Hewitt), a straggler from convoy OS-7, was hit on the port side by one torpedo from U-126 and started to list to starboard. The deck cargo was hanging over the port side and a fire broke out in the shelter deck, where the mail was stowed. The crew, aware of the cargo of ammunition abandoned ship quickly before she sank northeast of the Cape Verde Islands. The master, 35 crew members, five gunners (the ship was armed with one 4in and one 12pdr gun and two Hotchkiss and four Lewis machine guns) and one passenger (a Petty Officer in charge of the landing craft) were picked up by HMS Violet (K 35) (LtCdr K.M. Nicholson), transferred to the British merchant City of Hong Kong when they rejoined convoy later that day and landed at Freetown on 14 October.

The Nailsea Manor was straggling since 1 October together with the Ger-y-Bryn and Hazelside when they had encountered bad weather west of Cape Blanco and started to have troubles with their deck cargoes. After the cargo was secured and the weather became better, the ships continued at 10 knots, accompanied by the corvette, which stayed with the ships since they dropped out of convoy.

The British landing craft HMS LCT-102 (450 tons) stored in four sections on deck was lost with the vessel.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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